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[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Internet Module

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Tiger Internet Module Box Two years ago, I posted a scan of the Tiger instruction manual. Today, I bring you the box for that console’s little-understood Internet cartridge, released in 1997. The box you see above included a serial cable (which allowed the console to be hooked up to an external RS-232 […]

VC&G Interview: Carol Shaw, Atari’s First Female Video Game Developer

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Carol Shaw likes to stress that she isn’t your average American woman. Growing up in a world of technology and science traditionally guided by men, she ignored implicit gender barriers and pursued what came to her naturally. She says she had little interest in dolls as a kid, instead preferring to tinker with her brothers’ […]

[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Tiger

Monday, June 21st, 2010

The original touch-screen game system. Pop quiz: which video game console first featured a touch screen? (Hint: It’s not the Nintendo DS.) How about this one: Which handheld console first supported Internet connectivity? Believe it or not, Tiger Electronics — a toy company famed for its cheap electronic games — came in first on both […]

Collectors Take Note: Microsoft HD-DVD Player Hits Clearance

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

If you’re a regular reader of VC&G, you know the important role that clearance isles have played in my adventures as a video game collector. Silly as it may seem, collecting vintage computers and classic game systems starts now, in the present. Wise choices can be made as to what will become rare and collectible […]

TV/GAME Switch Overload

Monday, October 8th, 2007

It happens to the best of us. How many of these puppies do you have sitting around? A fellow on eBay is selling a lot of 36. I’ll have to admit: I have a box of a few dozen myself. The object in question, of course, is the once-essential manual RF switch, commonly known as […]

Super Game 64 Advance DS: The Nintendo Game Naming Formula Revealed!

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

What’s in a name? Well, if it’s the name of a game for a Nintendo console, there’s a strong chance that part of the system’s name will make an appearance. Popular examples of this practice include the game title Super Metroid for the Super NES and Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo 64. I call […]

Retro Scan of the Week: “52 Super Video Games in One Cartridge!”

Monday, December 4th, 2006

Ah, the venerable Action 52 cartridge, long the butt of video game jokes everywhere. This cartridge was probably some greedy bastard’s idea of a get-rich-quick scheme in the video game world: throw together 52 crappy, buggy, quickly developed “games” into one cartridge and sell it for $79-99 (originally $200!) a pop. Needless to say, Active […]

New “World’s Largest Video Game Collection” Article in this Month’s Probe Magazine

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

Probe is an innovative Norwegian Flash-based web-only video game magazine. I recently wrote a new article for it about the “(Possible) World’s Largest Video Game Collection” based on the “Video Game Collector” interviews I published last month on VC&G. The new piece appears on pages 10-13 of the April 2006 issue (#20), which is online […]

A Better Interview, Starring the Massive Video Game Collection Owner’s Friend

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

Who knew that you could have interviews about interviews? Well, when you are personally responsible for publishing the world’s least-interesting interview, you can! Oh the perks. For those of you who don’t know, the subject of that first interview (and the owner of the “Possible World’s Largest Video Game Collection“) was a bit vague about […]

Interview Attempt: (Possible) World’s Largest Video Game Collection Owner

Friday, March 24th, 2006

I first ran across this man’s amazing collection a little over two weeks ago when looking at pictures of cool “game rooms” on Videogame What struck me as most unique about this collection was the sheer volume of games and the fact that they almost entirely covered all the walls and the floor of […]